ALPS prepping for Festival of Trees
From left, ALPS’ Cookie Larkin, Executive Director Sue Malone and Ronnie Reed show off trees prepared for the Holiday Marketplace and Festival of Trees.
Calm yourself, folks. No matter how your football team ranks today, effective therapy is just one happy tree away.
The staff at ALPS Adult Day Services is in the throes of designing, assembling, and putting the final touches on an as-yet-unknown number of holiday firs that will grace the hallways of the center during the 2013 Holiday Marketplace and Festival of Trees on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3.
Hours for the market and festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. There is no charge for admission.
Each of the trees will be a unique example of trendy or traditional decorating trends, with a focus on fall or the Christmas holiday. Trees are designed for every room in the house, ranging from small countertop editions for the kitchen to large, extravagant displays of color and texture meant for foyers or great rooms.
“As we continue our tradition of the Festival of Trees at ALPS, we are finding that more and more people like to extend their holiday decorating season,” Cookie Larkin, ALPS marketing and fundraising coordinator, said. “And many enjoy having multiple trees on display in their homes or offices.”
The trees will be offered for silent auction throughout the festival, until bids are closed at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Bidding is historically competitive, requiring vigilance by those who pick their “must have” tree early in the game. Local artists and crafters have created one-of-a-kind holiday and keepsake items that will be offered through the silent auction as well.
As part of the 2013 marketplace, ALPS staff and supporters will offer homemade baked goods for purchase. Family members and caregivers of the center’s participants prepare favorite recipes in support of the agency that offers daytime activities for adults who should not be left alone.
The popular Harvest Café will return this year, offering a luncheon for purchase on Saturday and Sunday. Items include soup, sandwich, beverage and dessert.
And, should things get worse for your team, there is sure to be an ALPS tree that will fit nicely in front of the big screen.
Sponsors include Cynthia Moses, GRI/Century 21; Masengill-McCrary Realty, Heritage Center, Howard’s Pharmacy, Interim Healthcare of East Tennessee, Kirk and Kirk Health Clinic, Life Care Center of Jefferson City, Life Care Center of Morristown, Morristown Utilities Commission and Bill Parker’s Carpet Service.
- From Staff Reports